Course details

CRICOS course code: 0101646

Level of study: Undergraduate


Understand human connections. Lead a successful career in counselling.

The Bachelor of Counselling provides students with a comprehensive and flexible approach to theoretical, experiential, and skills-based learning. Students will learn strategies to successfully explore a career in contemporary counselling, including how to support individuals, couples, families, or groups, considering the cultural and social-political context in which they live and how this may affect them. The course is delivered in small group environments on-campus, online and by blended delivery (nine counselling units) by well-qualified and experienced academic teachers using quality curriculum.

Included in this course is 90 hours of volunteering throughout the course duration, and 50 hours of a service learning project in a community group as part of a core unit. It also includes 200 hours’ experience in a professional placement, with 40 hours of counselling client contact giving you the hands-on experience ACAP is known for. This placement is linked with two clinical supervision units over two consecutive trimesters.

This course is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). The minor in Coaching is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority.


Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Bachelor of Counselling.

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Professional Reflection and Self-Care
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Trauma Informed Counselling Practices
  • Counselling Skills Training
  • Counselling Theory
  • Grief and Loss Counselling
  • Lifespan Development
  • Counselling and Neuroscience
  • Family and Relationship Counselling
  • Counselling Children and Youth

Career options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Counselling will be well-equipped to provide professional counselling services relating to bereavement and loss, alcohol and other drugs abuse, mental health, family and relationships, and general counselling. Counsellors are employed across the sectors of Health Care and Social Assistance, Education and Training, Public Administration and Safety, and Administrative and Support Services.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
24,464 Per Year
Read moreTuition Fee per Subject / Unit: 3,058; Total course fee - 73,392
19 Sep 2022 3 years
Full time
Melbourne Campus
123 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
24,464 Per Year
Read moreTuition Fee per Subject / Unit: 3,058; Total course fee - 73,392
19 Sep 2022 3 years
Self study / online (with attendance)
Melbourne Campus
123 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Participate in a screening interview (typically by phone though online can be arranged if required); and
  • Be 18 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Diploma or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by ACAP.


Australian College of Applied Psychology
Sydney Campus
255 Elizabeth Street
Sydney New South Wales 2000
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